By Jessica Yadegaran
Thursday, February 12th, 2009 at 10:24 am in what's on tap.
Thanks to Jesse’s post and pictures yesterday on Beer and Nosh, it’s obvious the Russian River sours were showing quite well at Toronado, and that I missed one heck of a food spread. Weisswurt with curried ketchup, anyone?
I was particularly interested in Jesse’s points about the Toronado 20th Anniversary Ale. He describes the Flanders Red style ale as “sturdy and malty, with a sour finish, but almost no farmhouse funk. The beer is perfectly balanced, with an interplay of roasted malt, hints of brown sugar, and a tart finish that hides all of the alcohol.”
It cost $50 a bottle, and while that floored me at first, he makes a great point: compared to the mark up of wine in restaurants, which he puts at 150% above retail but it can actually be twice that, this eBay-worthy beer was being sold for less, and for a rare and barrel-aged bottle. “All of that process and storage costs a lot, and it’s reflected in the bottles cost, but also it’s flavors,” he writes. Excellent points.
I’m learning a lot and thank you all for contributing to the open threads and keeping Bill’s community alive. I have great respect and admiration for him. I sit next to another fine columnist, blogger and community builder here at the Times, Gary Bogue, and we chat about Bill and his progress several times a day.